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Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

About the Grant Program

The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program provides funding for projects to enhance the competitiveness of crops such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and nursery crops. 

Grant funding is provided by the USDA Agriculture Marketing Service. Grants range from a minimum of $25,000 to a maximum of $150,000. In addition, all applicants must provide a minimum match of 25 percent of the requested grant amount.

Food and agricultural non-profit organizations, associations or commodity groups, universities and research institutions are eligible to submit specialty crop proposals. Projects that have a focus on the benefit a particular commercial product, or provide a profit to a single organization, institution or individual will not be considered.

2022 Award Timeline:

Grant Proposals
SCBG Stakeholder Meeting (Presentation Slides, Teams Recording) February 16, 2022; 11 AM EST
Ohio's 2022 SCBG RFP Opens February 18, 2022; 12 PM EST
Applications Due to ODA March 25, 2022; 5 PM EST
SCBG Committee review and selection April 2022
ODA submits state plan to USDA for approval (Pending USDA deadline announcement) May 3, 2022
Award
USDA approval (anticipated) September 2022
ODA issues approval letters to successful applicants and initiates contracting October 2022
Project work can begin (anticipated) November 1, 2022
Project end date September 29, 2024
Latest project end date (upon approved extension request) September 29, 2025

Planning for Next Year (2023)

Ohio is seeking input on project priorities for the next Request for Proposals (RFP). Your suggestions will be used to help improve the competitive review process. Please submit comments to Ashley McDonald at SCBG@AGRI.OHIO.GOV by December 8, 2022, for consideration for FFY2023 SCBG RFP.

Reporting Dates (All Grant Years)

Download printable version here

Find your grant number at the top of the column, then locate the next report due.
Due Dates (2021 Farm Bill Funding Only) AM200100XXXXG067 (2020) AM190100XXXXG021 (2019) AM180100XXXXG033 (2018)
Tuesday, December 1, 2020   None ANNUAL REPORT SECOND ANNUAL REPORT
Friday, April 30, 2021 Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo
Friday, July 30, 2021 Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo
Saturday, October 30, 2021 Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 None ANNUAL REPORT FINAL REPORT OR SECOND ANNUAL FINAL REPORT 
Saturday, April 30, 2022 Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo  
Saturday, July 30, 2022 Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo  
Saturday, October 30, 2021 Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo  
Thursday, December 1, 2022 ANNUAL REPORT FINAL REPORT OR SECOND ANNUAL FINAL REPORT   
Sunday, April 30, 2023 Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo    
Sunday, July 30, 2023 Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo    
Monday, October 30, 2023 Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo    
Friday, December 1, 2023 FINAL REPORT OR SECOND ANNUAL FINAL REPORT     
Tuesday, April 30, 2024 Quarterly Memo      
Tuesday, July 30, 2024 Quarterly Memo      
Wednesday, October 30, 2024 Quarterly Memo      
Sunday, December 1, 2024 FINAL REPORT       
Project recipients may request a third year to complete their project, if needed. Submitting a second annual report in lieu of a final will trigger an automatic extension.
Please submit all reports via email to SCBG@AGRI.OHIO.GOV
with your grant project in the subject line.

Additional SCBG References

To view SCBG projects previously funded by USDA, visit https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scbgp/awards.

Full list of USDA approved Specialty Crops

NEW Specialty Crop Outcomes and Indicators (FY 2022 Grant Cycle and forward)

Specialty Crop Outcomes and Indicators  (FY 2018-2021 Grant Cycles)

2021 SCBG Reporting Documents

2021 SCBG Quarterly Report

2021 SCBG Reimbursement Form

2020 SCBG Reporting Documents

2020 SCBG Quarterly Report

2020 SCBG Reimbursement Form

2019 SCBG Reporting Documents

2019 SCBG Quarterly Report

2019 SCBG Reimbursement Form

2018 SCBG Reporting Documents

2018 SCBG Quarterly Report

2018 SCBG Reimbursement Form